Saturday, February 24, 2007

Volunteer At The Shelter

Any Help Is Appreciated

We especially need volunteers experienced in carpentry and anyone who is all-around handy, but we can also use plumbers, electricians, groomers, veterinarians and all animal lovers. Please call 305-621-8354 and leave a message if you wish to help us fix-up some things around the shelter.
Please remember that you must be at least 16-years old to volunteer. Obviously, you should wear old clothes because you may get dirty. Feel free to bring food and beverages. We have a refrigerator so that your food and drinks will stay cool.
If you know someone who needs to satisfy community service hours, we may be able to help in return for volunteer time at the shelter. Call 305-621-8354 to leave a message and we'll get back to you and try to work out an equitable arrangement.
For more information, visit the Volunteer page on the website.

Professional Dog Photos

Stephen Wolter Takes Professional Photos of Our Dogs

We were lucky enough to have a professional photographer, Stephen Wolter, come and take pictures of some of our dogs at the shelter in February. You can click on the picture at left to open a new window so you can see the great pictures of Pedro, Bo, Eli, Wally, Claire, Kim and Rambo. The link below will also take you to Stephen's Pet Rescue photo page on his web site.

Friday, February 23, 2007

We Need Your Help!

Vet Bills Are High - Make A Contribution

Our vet bills and costs for medications are extremely high. We have dogs currently receiving heart worm treatments, a cat receiving daily insulin shots, etc. It costs us $400 a month just to Frontline our dogs. Please help us heal these animals so they may be adopted to loving homes. Please click on the donation button to help us.

Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!

You can also donate items on our wish list to the shelter:
(new or used)

Blankets, towels, sheets, washcloths, comforters, sleeping bags
Pet shampoo
Brushes, flea combs, nail clippers, scissors, tweezers
Cat litter pooper scoopers, litter boxes
Dog pooper scoopers
Cat and Dog toys, Tennis balls
Chewy dog treats, rawhides, pig ears
Alcohol, mineral oil, Vaseline, cotton balls, q-tips
Any cleaning supplies
Mops, brooms, sponges, dust pans, scrub brushes
Animal carriers - all sizes for cats and dogs
2-3 gallon buckets (plastic)
Plastic garbage bags (all sizes)
Picnic tables for the yards (the dogs love to jump on them!)
Plastic chairs for the volunteers and the dogs and cats
Water hoses
10 Qt. aluminum water pails
Stainless steel food bowls (all sizes - used for dogs and cats)
Dog collars and leashes
Can openers

Thursday, February 22, 2007

YouTube Shelter Video

Check Out the David Ertley Video

This is the revision of his 2004 documentary for Pet Rescue in Miami, the video is available here or on

Click the PLAY button until the LOADING notice appears.
You can also see the video on at this link:

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Halloween Pet Safety

Holidays aren’t necessarily the most fun for pets, especially if humans don’t remember to look out for their safety.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society of the United States are offering some tips to help ensure pets have a safe and happy Halloween.

The experts advise people to not leave pets outside and unattended around Halloween. Pets often become the target of pranks and black cats are especially at risk.

Remember people treats are not for pets. Candy wrappers, lollipop sticks can be harmful to animals. Chocolate can be poisonous for some pets. If you suspect your pet has eaten something that may be poisonous, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

While it may seem like fun, some pets don’t enjoy wearing Halloween costumes. If a costume is a must, make sure it is roomy enough to allow the pet to breathe and doesn’t interfere with vision, hearing or restrict movement. Watch out for dangling parts that could cause pets to trip or could be chewed off and swallowed. Some pets simply do not like dressing up, so if your pet stresses out, forget the costume.

Keep pets away from Halloween decorations, especially those that involve candles, electricity or may break and cause injury. Don’t let them chew on or eat the pumpkins.

Take extra care when opening the door to trick-or-treaters. Strangers in costume could be upsetting to pets that don’t understand the little monsters aren’t real. Consider keeping pets in a separate room where they can be more comfortable. In case a pet does escape, make sure it is wearing identification.

The family dog does not make a good companion for children out trick-or-treating. A normally well-behaved dog may get over-excited by the strange sights and sounds and may become difficult for children, or even adults, to control.